For all 30 MLB teams, questions must be answered before a plan of action is put into motion for the weeks leading up to the July 31 trade deadline.
Are they "buyers" or "sellers"? And if they're "sellers," do they shop any valuable players in an effort to improve the team down the road? Are there young players who would benefit from regular playing time in the case of a veteran player being traded?
If "buying," are they close enough to being a legitimate World Series contender where they should go all out and potentially mortgage the future by trading top prospects to acquire an impact player? Do they stand pat and risk missing the playoffs because they weren't aggressive enough on the trade market?
These decisions can take on extra significance for certain teams, for several reasons. Here are five teams with the most on the line at the 2013 trade deadline.